Monthly Archives: September 2014

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Study: States lax on punishing bad doctors

A CBS News report found that in Florida, 25 doctors with the most malpractice payouts in Florida were allowed to continue practicing without any sanctions from the Florida Medical Board. of the 25, only 4 lost their licenses. And CBS says that Florida isn’t alone according to a study by the consumer group Public Citizen. Dr. Sidney Wolfe of Public Citizen says that from 1990 Read More →

UPS driver gets workers compensation for delivery to murder scene

An appeals court in Virginia upheld a workers’ compensation board’s decision that a UPS driver was entitled to benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder, (PTSD) after stumbling upon a murder scene while delivering a package. The driver, Kirk Prince was delivering a package to  a regular customer, Barbara Fassett, 65 when noticed broken glass and a body lying in the doorway of the house. It was Read More →

Fire in the OR: Patients set on fire during surgery

In an earlier post,  Medical Malpractice by the Numbers: Report  we highlighted what we thought was an odd finding  “Despite a slew of news accounts about patients being set on fire in operating rooms across the country, adoption of precautionary measures has been slow, often implemented only after a hospital experiences an accident.” That made us curious so we did a little sleuthing and found Read More →

Caption of the month

That’s a lot of plaintiffs.  

Son sues mom for injuries received in cesspool explosion.

According to the Daily News, 45-year old Keith Evans  was helping a cesspool cleaner lift the lid off the septic tank at his mother’s Long Island home. When they opened the heavy lid they were rocked by an explosion. Both men suffered severe burns to their faces. Evans filed a lawsuit that named the cesspool cleaner, Oscar Alfredson as well as Evans’ mother as defendants. Read More →

Medical Malpractice by the Numbers: Report

The Center for Justice & Democracy has released the third edition of their briefing book: Medical Malpractice: By the Numbers.  The book  compiles the latest statistics and research on issues related to medical malpractice. Among the topics covered are “medical malpractice litigation, health care costs and “defensive medicine,” physician supply and access to health care, medical malpractice insurance, patient safety, and special problems for vets and Read More →